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Excerpt from: I Can See Clearly Now: A Memoir about Love, Grief, and Gratitude
Quickly, I left the bathroom and went to the bedroom where he could not see me. I stared out the window overlooking the parking lot and quietly cried. I had a feeling, a premonition, that this was something terrible, and that our lives were about to suddenly change. In an instant, my mind wandered and contemplated the very worst. I imagined my future self, looking out this window after his death. I felt so alone. I felt so sad. I had no idea what this lump was, but I could not shake the feeling that I would be living my life without him. We’d only just begun. How would I live without my love?
Praise for the book
Dr. DeLong’s book is masterfully crafted, simply told, and relatable to all readers, with a powerful message on living life with purpose. This book is an absolute must read. Share with loved ones and buckle up book club readers! This book is for you!” –Alexandra Quinn, MSN, CRNP, BSN, Certified, Registered Nurse Practitioner
Heartfelt and inspiring while heartbreaking and healing, Peggy DeLong’s book weaves through a time of loss, speaking her truth with courage and soul, reminding us all of the power to merge the past and the present in a powerful love story. This memoir is written to inspire and succeeds triumphantly. –Mary-Michael Levitt, LPC, LMFT, DRCC
This book is a must read for anyone losing hope that a full life is possible after loss, difficulty, or tragedy. The author emerged from the darkness of grief to shine a light on this process for others. She teaches that it is possible to live in love and wholeness after the unthinkable has occurred. –Megan McDowell, LPC, MSW, Founder, Heartworks Foundation
I Can See Clearly Now is a concise work of nonfiction that takes the reader on a harrowing, emotional journey through the death of loved ones. With heart-wrenching detail, raw honesty, passion, and humor, Peggy generously shares her remarkable story, giving hope to anyone who has loved and lost. –Kristen Henderson, poet, author of Drum Machine and Of My Maiden Smoking
Peggy DeLong has written an inspiring memoir that will grab your heart and not let go until the final word. This book is a truly moving experience, one where you travel from profound loss to love and the gift of eternal life that never dies. –Irene Weinberg, Author of They Serve Bagels in Heaven: One Couple’s Story of Love, Eternity and the Cosmic Importance of Everyday Life; Creator and Host of the podcast, Grief and Rebirth: Finding the Joy in Life
This book of love and loss and the journey of recovery gave me such hope. In this book, DeLong shared how when life becomes overwhelming, following the path of hope and faith can lead to healing, change, and newfound love. The writing is gentle and comforting. As a reader, you feel as though Peggy is the girl next door, and you are there as a friend, helping her move through her story. –Kim Albertson, M.Ed.
Peggy DeLong’s story is a tale of devastating loss. Knowing her loved ones lived on in spirit, she is able to thrive in life again. Peggy’s optimistic outlook and capacity for love is truly inspirational to those who have had to navigate through their own suffering and uncertainty about how they will ever be able to live and love again.” –Madeline Park, Chief Operating Officer of Red Fuse and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
“This is a lovely story with an inspiring outlook on love and life. By the end, the writer has come full circle, and the reader feels full of hope. This book will touch so many lives. Bravo!” –Suzanne Martin-Pillsbury, MS
Peggy’s memoir is an authentic and revealing account of two devastating losses in the life of a young woman. In the end, I Can See Clearly Now is a story of love, patience, and resilience. This book will be a source of hope for anyone struggling to live when important others have died. – Jenny Meyer Colman, MD, Psychiatrist, Bard and Marist Colleges
In her book and her life, Dr. Peggy Delong proves that distance, time, best-laid plans, and even death are no match for love. Love and gratitude endure and will always find a way to brighten the darkest of hours with a wink of an eye or a cup of hazelnut coffee. This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. –Linda Moakler, author of “Paper Flowers,” published by The Mighty
Peggy DeLong takes us on a visceral journey through deep loss and grief. What’s marvelous about this story is that Peggy takes us through the process of healing, where we can find hope and love on the other side of those truly dark days. –Carol Richmond, Holistic Health Coach
This is a heartbreaking story of a woman who goes through so much love and loss, yet she continues to live with hope and faith. This book will make you believe you can overcome anything.” –Carley Storm, Photographer and Video Producer
This is an incredibly moving story. I felt I was with Peggy every step of the way through her journey from grief to joy. I could feel her pain and also her happiness as she went through a most difficult period in her life to a bright, bright sunshiny day. –Carol Doherty
I found beautiful lessons in the pages of Peggy DeLong’s honest, raw and heartfelt life and love story, I Can See Clearly Now. Peggy’s powerful words reminded me to always value and be grateful for the precious relationships in my life. –Tara Gilvar, CEO and Founder of B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow)
Peggy opens her big heart and shares her joy and devastation in equal measure. I particularly resonated with the love between mother and daughter in this book. Peggy’s mom, Carol, is her bedrock…a consistent and vital part of Peggy’s life story. I like to think that Carol’s extraordinary mothering inspired Peggy in her relationship with her children, a connection infused with empathy and a belief that love will win. –Julie Kahn
This author had me within the first few pages. Each page engulfed my mind and heart. I would award an A+ to this book and will suggest it to my family and friends so they can also enjoy this magical woman’s journey!” –Cheryl Beneduce Bock, President and Founder of Pedal for a Cure 501(c)(3)
“On a scale from 1 to 10 of monumental reads, I would give I Can See Clearly Now an 11. Wow. I laughed. I cried several times. Peggy shines through with grace and composure, giving glimmers of what irrefutable hope looks like. Peggy’s triumphal ending will inspire readers who have known or are in tragic situations. –Kathleen Bandaruk, President of Tastefully Inspired Digital Marketing Agency